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Drowning Mona -- When a woman drives a car into the river to her death, everyone in town becomes a suspect.


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Writer (WGA):
Peter Steinfeld (written by)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (USA) See more »
1 murder. 460 prime suspects. Not so much of a 'who done it' as a 'who didn't'. See more »
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Directed by
Nick Gomez 
Writing credits
Peter Steinfeld (written by)

Produced by
Al Corley .... producer
Danny DeVito .... executive producer
Eugene Musso .... producer
Bart Rosenblatt .... producer
Michael Shamberg .... executive producer
Stacey Sher .... executive producer
Jonathan Weisgal .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Tavera 
Cinematography by
Bruce Douglas Johnson 
Film Editing by
Richard Pearson 
Casting by
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Richard Toyon 
Set Decoration by
Karen Agresti 
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Patricia Almeida .... assistant hair stylist
Merc Arceneaux .... assistant makeup artist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Keith Christiansen .... special makeup effects artist
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... hair department head (as Audrey Strong Futterman)
Angela Johnson .... makeup artist
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... assistant makeup artist (as Eryn Krueger)
Thomas Opitz .... key hair stylist
Denise Pugh-Ruiz .... makeup artist
Robert Ramos .... hair stylist: Ms. Midler
Carol Strong .... makeup department head
Eugenia Weston .... makeup artist: Ms. Midler
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Eden Orfanos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Spike Allison Hooper .... post-production supervisor
Douglas Jones .... production supervisor
Bart Rosenblatt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol D. Bonnefil .... additional assistant director
Stacey Holmes .... second second assistant director
Wendi Lampassi .... second assistant director
Maura Naughton .... second unit director
John Nelson .... first assistant director
Ross Novie .... additional assistant director
Art Department
Maurice Austin .... art department assistant
Erik Berentsen .... on-set dresser
Sharleen Bright .... painter
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Robert Cardillo .... greens
Ron Churchman .... propmaker foreman
David W. Clark .... assistant property master (as David Clarke)
Sam Dean .... propmaker
Andrea Dietrich .... storyboard artist
Kirk Essiambre .... greens
Steven E. Eyrse .... head painter
Steven E. Eyrse .... head scenic
J.M. Finholt .... art department intern
Dorit Hurst .... art department assistant (as Dorit Oberman)
Betty Krul .... set designer
Christian Lopez .... painter
Robert A. Maisto .... construction coordinator (as Bobby Maisto)
Kenny Minster .... property assistant: second unit
Jessica Otto .... art department intern
Elizabeth A. Parks .... painter
Nya Patrinos .... lead man
Sarah Polley .... art department assistant
Andrew L. Rael .... laborer
Steve Salazar .... propmaker
Athenaia Spiliotakos .... art department intern
Scott B. Valdes .... painter (as Scott Brian)
Freddy Waff .... set dresser
Michael P. Walsh .... signwriter
Rick Belosic .... propmaker (uncredited)
Stephen McCumby .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bart Sullivan .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... dialogue editor
Jamie Baker .... adr mixer
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor
Frank Bradley .... sound utility (as Francis J. Bradley)
Evan T. Chen .... sound effects editor
Marty Church .... foley recordist
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Jeff Enden .... sound utility
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Ernest Jow .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... sound designer
Jeff Kushner .... supervising sound editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Kate Lumpkin .... utility sound (as Kat Craig)
Mark McBryde .... adr mixer
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Ed Novick .... additional sound mixer
Bryan Pennington .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Rakoczy .... supervising sound assistant
Jason Rau .... assistant sound editor
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr supervisor
David E. Stone .... dialogue editor (as David Stone)
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Weingarten .... production sound mixer
Frank Bradley .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Cochran .... special effects assistant
John C. Hartigan .... special effects (as John Hartigan)
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Adkisson .... compositing supervisor
Tom Gorey .... imaging supervisor
Kentaro Isobe .... modeler
Bruce Douglas Johnson .... digital production coordinator
Douglas G. Johnson .... matte artist
Adam Stern .... rotoscope artist
Jim Towler .... miniature maker
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... main title and end credit sequence optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Dane Farwell .... stunt double: Phil
Cindy Folkerson .... stunt coordinator
Cindy Folkerson .... stunt double: Mona
Randall Huber .... stunt double: Phil
Jay Jones .... stunt knife thrower
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunt double: Danny Devito (as Kent Lutrell)
Brian Maynard .... stunt driver
Jeff Smolek .... stunt double: Jeff
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Phil
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Ahern .... additional electrician (as Christopher Ahern)
Joe Backes .... grip
Matthew J. Barden .... additional grip
Steve Belsky .... gaffer
Stephen Brooks .... generator operator
Randy Carrigan .... additional grip
Raul Colletta .... video playback operator
Wayne 'Woody' Cone .... additional grip
John Connell .... additional photographer
Don Duffield .... rigging key grip
Eugene F. Duffy .... additional electrician
Jason Elias .... electrician
Jeff Ferrero .... additional electrician
Rocky Ford .... best boy grip (as Rocky W. Ford)
Steve Galvin .... additional electrician (as Stephen Galvin)
Ákos Gulyás .... film loader
Mike Henley .... dolly grip
Tommy Hubbard .... additional electrician
Bradford R. Jamieson .... best boy electric
Paul Janossy .... additional first assistant camera
Bengt Jonsson .... director of photography: second unit
Wil Krug .... additional electrician
Kevin J. Lanke .... electrician
John Martens .... additional electrician
Greg Mayer .... electrician
Bradley McCollum .... additional grip
Steven R. Morales .... additional electrician
Ron Newburn .... additional electrician
Jennifer Newell .... additional grip
Angelo Orefice .... additional electrician
John Palato .... grip
Ralph Pichler .... first assistant camera: second unit
Joel Randel .... additional grip
Paul Reyes .... additional grip
Felix Rivera .... additional electrician
Ralph Sanders .... additional electrician
David A. Santos .... key grip
Peter Sorel .... still photographer (as Peter Sorell)
David Tang .... camera loader
Mike Tapp .... additional grip
Allan Telias .... second assistant camera
Rick Tiedeman .... additional Steadicam operator
Rick Tiedeman .... additional camera operator: "a" camera
Tom Van Otteren .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tom Van Otteren .... camera operator: jib camera
Warren Washington .... additional electrician (as Warren Zubari Washington)
Troy Webb .... additional electrician
William Webb .... Steadicam operator (as Billy Webb)
William Webb .... additional photographer (as Billy Webb)
William Webb .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Billy Webb)
Kenny Youngblood .... additional grip
Casting Department
Leah Buono .... casting assistant
Shannon Dunn .... extras casting coordinator (as Shannon K. Dunn)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Ames .... set costumer
Susan L. Bertram .... set costumer
Pie Lombardi .... costume supervisor
Bega Metzner .... key costumer
Karen Vanderhorst .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
Keith Henderson .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jeff Kushner .... associate editor
Dan Vallerie .... color timer
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music editor (as Bunny K. Andrews)
Wayne Bergeron .... musician: trumpet
Gwen Bethel .... music supervisor
Chris Bleth .... musician: woodwind
Scott Cochran .... music recordist
Terry Delsing .... music editor
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Tom Eaton .... music consultant
Nathan Furst .... score technical advisor
Ronnie Gutierrez .... musician: percussion
Pat Lawrence .... music consultant
Nick Nolan .... musician: guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele
Roberto Prieto .... assistant music supervisor
Spencer Proffer .... music producer
Jimbo Ross .... musician: viola
Dana Smart .... music consultant
Michael Tavera .... musician: hammond organ (as Mike Tavera)
Don Terbush .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Michael Allegro .... driver: production van
John W. Barbee .... transportation coordinator
Ken Daly .... driver: camera car
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... driver
Sean C. Ryan .... driver
Allen Strockbine .... driver: production van
Jimmie K. Turner .... transportation captain (as Jimmy Turner)
Michael Vieira .... driver
Roger Bojarski Jr. .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Abraham .... craft service
Alexander Adell .... 3-D artist
Bob Anderson .... water safety medic
Sarah Anthony .... set production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Leah Bathe .... production assistant
Damon Bingham .... assistant to producer: Michael Shamberg
Erin Borel .... assistant production coordinator
Gordon Breakey .... cook
Marcy Brown .... stand-in
Blake Busby .... graphic artist: titles
Amy Carroll .... production assistant
Laurel Chaney .... assistant: Ms. Curtis
Kim Clarke .... stand-in
Jonathan Coney .... craft service
Mike Currie .... set production assistant
Cara D'Antoni .... assistant: Ms. Midler, Los Angeles
Patti Dalzell .... script supervisor
Jonathan Dana .... production consultant
Robert Easton .... dialect coach
Tony Ervolina .... stand-in
David Falicki .... set medic
John W. Felder .... craft service
Gregory Fitzsimmons .... set production assistant (as Greg Fitzsimmons)
Sandy Flowers .... craft service
Wayne Forman .... chef
Clare France .... assistant to first and second assistant directors
Maura Gannett .... studio teacher
Chase Gilbert .... intern
Steve Guy .... 3-D artist
Mark Halloran .... production attorney
Ian Harrington .... second assistant: Mr. DeVito
Jim Hartz .... studio teacher
Jill Hattersley .... assistant: Ms. Midler, New York
Stuart Herr .... office production assistant
George Herthel .... location manager
Delphine Hirsh .... assistant: Mr. Gomez
Annette Hobday .... key set production assistant (as Annette Hawley)
Jimmy Holcomb .... production coordinator
Ed Holley .... key set production assistant
Michael Huss .... intern
Greg Kappy .... assistant location manager (as Gregg Kappe)
John Kawasaki .... 3-D supervisor
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Jerry Kokich .... intern
Christian Krieger .... location assistant
Julie Landholt .... title coordinator
William Ley .... cook
Gary Lucas .... technician: HotHead
Shannon Maloney .... production assistant
Craig Marks .... stand-in
Neal D. McConnell .... office production assistant
Lexi Mealy .... intern
Jeff Miller .... construction medic
James R. Millican .... executive assistant to producers
Marva Mitchell .... accounting clerk
Eric Nelson .... set production assistant
Kim Olsen .... first assistant accountant
Rose Ordile .... animal trainer (as Rosemarie Ordile)
Roger Perez .... cook
Jennifer Rae Smith .... title coordinator
Anthony Ragonese .... assistant location manager
John Wayne Randolph .... craft service (as John Randolph)
Michael Randolph .... craft service
Laurie Record .... executive assistant: Mr. DeVito
Ron Resch .... construction medic
Allen Scott Richards .... technical advisor: police
Lujean Rose .... animal trainer
Robyn Roth .... production assistant
Dalhia Schuette .... production assistant
Alan Schwartz .... craft service
Fred Scialla .... stand-in: Mr. DeVito (as Freddie Scialla)
Ron Segro .... paymaster
Anna Siri .... production assistant
Robert 'Skid' Skidmore .... set production assistant
Marc E. Spiegel .... location manager (as Mark Spiegel)
Mylan Stepanovich .... payroll accountant
Marsha L. Swinton .... production accountant
Elana Taylor .... intern
Oakleigh Waits .... intern
Heidi Wilcox .... production assistant
Wendy Wilhite .... studio teacher
Judy Sharinger .... completion and delivery supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:10 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #37219)

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All the little cars are identical just in different colorsSee more »
Continuity: When Ellen Rash is talking to her father in the cafe, the ketchup she puts on her pickle disappears then reappears between shots.See more »
Bobby Kalzone:[after Ellen slaps him after explaining what he did] What you do that for?
Ellen:[outraged] You killed Mona Dearly!
Bobby Kalzone:[chastened] I know.
Ellen:BUT WHY!
Bobby Kalzone:Because I thought I was killing Jeff!
Ellen:Bobby, my dad is the chief of police!
Bobby Kalzone:I know, but I wasn't gonna go through with it.
Ellen:It doesn't matter; you killed someone!
Bobby Kalzone:I'm sorry, but it seemed like a good idea of the time.
Ellen:A good idea of the time? 'Cut the grass at 6:00, lay sod at 7:00, DROWN THE DEARLYS AT 8:00'!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
More ruthless people., 7 March 2000
Author: Patrick Brogan from Glendale, Arizona, U.S.A.

Everybody hates Mona Dearly, and who could blame them. Mona (Bette Midler) is rude, loud, cruel, and another word for "female dog." Then something happens, Mona dies in a car accident, and town sheriff Wyatt Rash (Danny DeVito) found out that Mona was murdered, and who would kill her. The problem is that there is a long list of suspects. DROWNING MONA is a film that is a good example of the term "black comedy" a film where the viewer would laugh at something that they wouldn't normally laugh at. But unlike some other black comedies (i.e. the most recent IDLE HANDS) this film isn't as cruel and does work. The small town where DROWNING MONA takes place is a intresting town. In the late 1980's, the entire town received test cars from the Yugo car company. And what's funny is that everyone in the town drives a Yugo. Town sheriff Wyatt goes around his town looking for the person who would tamper with the Yugo that Mona was driving, and send her to her watery death. There's Mona's husband, Phil (William Fichtner) who is having a affair with Rona (Jamie Lee Curtis), who is also a suspect. There's Bobby Calzone (Casey Affleck) a young and ambitious young man who is engaged to the sheriff's daughter, Ellen (Neve Campbell). Then there is Bobby's partner in their business, Mona's son, Jeff (Marcus Thomas) who is very dim, and mean. This is a enjoyable film, but it's not the best black comedy of all time. It does work at times, and at other times it fall flat on it's face. There are some very funny scenes involved with Mona's son, Jeff, on how he might have lost his right hand. And the town's loony mortician (Will Ferrel) does have some good scenes, but not enough. The acting from the cast is good though. Danny DeVito is good as the man who is investigating the crime of Mona's death. Jamie Lee Curtis is also good as the woman who could care less about Mona, and move on with her life. Neve Campbell does o.k. with what little role that she has. William Fichtner, Casey Affleck, and Marcus Thomas are all also good, but nothing outstanding. It seems that the person who gets to steal all of the scenes belong to Bette. She does another role that she is good at, a role that is similar to her role in RUTHLESS PEOPLE. But overall, DROWNING MONA isn't as funny or as witty as RUTHLESS, since both films have characters that are rather ruthless. But director Nick Gomez (HBO's THE SOPRANO'S & OZ) does a respectable first time job for a big feature film. MONA isn't great, but it's worth watching at least once. But if you want to see DeVito and Midler act more funnier and vicious, watch RUTHLESS PEOPLE. ***1/2 (out of five)

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